Previous studies have linked phthalates (chemicals used to soften and increase the flexibility of plastics) to insulin resistance in animals and human adults, but two recently published studies link plastics’ chemicals to childhood obesity and diabetes. One study of 766 children aged 12 to 19 discovered an increase in insulin resistance in children exposed to high levels of phthalate called DEHP. The second study of 3,300 children aged 6 to 18 associated BPA (chemicals used to make polycarbonate and epoxy) with a high BMI. Researchers recommend not microwaving plastics especially containers with the recycling numbers 3, 6 or 7, hand washing containers and discarding damaged plastic containers. How often do you discuss environmental hazards with your patients? Have parents approached with concerns?
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